Where are we based?
Siphila Sonke is based in the informal settlement near the village of Grabouw and the farming community of the Elgin Valley, in the Western Cape, South Africa – an hours drive from the city of Cape Town.
The informal settlement in which we are based is an impoverished community that is hugely reliant on the local fruit farming and related industry for employment. The seasonal nature of fruit farming and this industry means that unemployment is prevalent for a number of months during the year. As this unemployment coincides with the winter months of the Western Cape, which can be particularly harsh, inhabitants of this informal settlement are vulnerable to the elements and malnutrition, exacerbated by the devastating effects of HIV AIDS and TB.